Grand Canyon University Leadership Discussion Response
please respond to the following discussion post as a peer making a comment. Leader 1: While working for a university here in Illinois, my supervisor challenged me to take over the department newsletter. I will admit I was intimidated by this challenge because I was not well versed with most Microsoft office programs (i.e., publisher, excel). It was a success because she helps guide me into becoming comfortable with creating newsletters. She didn’t take over and gave me examples along the way. I learned to love doing the newsletters because of that leadership.
Leader 2-Working in a different department during my time at the university. This supervisor as more in my opinion was more of a micro manager with her style of leadership. I was tasked with writing the minutes of the department meetings. At first, I was just writing things down but soon realized that I was not capturing important aspects. So, I started recording. Before I could send the minutes to be approved, she would ask me to send what I had, and she would start to make changes before I was done. This was unsuccessful because I felt as if I wasn’t given a chance to complete the task at hand before the supervisor would take over.
I personally prefer to use a hybrid form of leadership, namely a mix of democratic and autocratic leadership. When making decisions for an organization, I always think that you should also take into account the viewpoint of your members because they will be the ones carrying them out and doing so will make the task more effective. In times of crisis when everything may be on the line, a leader should take a stand and make decisions that are most necessary, and I am confident that everyone in the organization will understand them. I also want an environment where engagement between everyone exists because this creates a more relaxed and less stressful workplace. However, it makes little difference what type of leadership the leader employs; what matters is that everyone within the organization is participating positively, there are no resentments amongst them, and the decisions taken result in success and fulfill organizational objectives.
Democracy vs. Authoritarianism: What Are the Differences? (2022, January 25). ELawTalk.com. https://elawtalk.com/democracy-vs-authoritarian